Staff and students urged to help save lives

March 27, 2013

Murdoch University staff and students are being encouraged to heed the call of Creative Writing student Emily Sun and register as a bone marrow/stem cell donor when the Blood Service Donor mobile comes to campus April 2-5.

Fighting a reoccurrence of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and in need of a stem cell donor to save her life, Emily’s story has received attention from local and national media and Australian celebrities such as John Safran, Lawrence Leung and writers Benjamin Law and Alice Pung.

Last week, her attempts to contact long-lost cousins in Canada as possible donors made the front page of the Toronto Star, Canada’s highest selling daily, and her story has been reported in Chinese media.

Emily has promised her five-year-old son, Luke, that she would leave “no stone unturned” in trying to find a donor in order to see him grow up.

She has been told she will not survive beyond 12 to 18 months if a donor is not found.

In the past few weeks, The Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry has seen an increase in the number of people from Asian backgrounds enquiring about becoming a donor, many expressing the desire to help Emily.

The registry has 175,000 Australians registered as donors, which requires only a simple blood test. Only one in 1000 are called on each year to save someone’s life by donating bone marrow or stem cells.

The Blood Service Donor mobile will be in Carpark Three, near Bush Court, next week, at the following times:

Tuesday, April 2                   9am–3pm
Wednesday, April 3             9.30am–4pm
Thursday, April 4                 10.30am–5pm
Friday, April 5                        8.30am–3pm

Blood donation and stem cell registration takes an hour. Please bring photo identification, drink four glasses of water and eat a meal, prior to donating blood.

Call 13 14 95 to confirm your preferred appointment time. For more information about blood donation and alternative blood collection sites, visit

***Please note: those wishing to register with the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry must request the registry form upon arrival, before donating blood.

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